How to Repair a Delta Shower/tub Valve
The Delta shower valve is a very popular valve for home installations. It is one of the most common valves, virtually unchanged over the years.
The inner workings of the Delta valve is a ball with holes that line up with holes in the valve body. Both plastic and stainless steel balls are made, I prefer the stainless steel variety.
On the valve body side, rubber cups are held against the ball with small springs. Your replacement kit may come with a variety of spring shapes. Use the ones that match those that you took out.
1) Identifying the Delta shower valve: Look for a Delta logo. (if yours is a Moen, or Price Pfister, then it is not a Delta) The Delta valve comes in a variety of finishes, but all turn on by pushing the valve handle up. Rotating the handle left and right controls the temperature. Full hot is about 270° of rotation from off. If it's a tub & shower installation you'll have an additional button to select tub or shower operation.
2) Purchase a replacement kit. Don't go for the cheap import. I prefer the stainless steel variety of the ball valve. The kit may come with more parts than you need in order to accommodate several models. In this case, having extra parts after the repair is OK. .
3) To make it easy, purchase the Delta Cup Tool. I'll show you how to do with with and without this handy little tool, but it's definitely easier to remove and insert the cups and springs with this handy device. If you don't want to buy it, or can't find it, I'll show you how to use a plain old Phillips screwdriver to get the job done.
You'll also need a Delta Valve Spanner (a.k.a. Delta Valve Wrench) to adjust the tightness of the handle operation once it's put back together.
Since most showers don't have a separate shut off (like a sink or toilet) you usually have to shut the water off to the entire house until the repair is complete. So, have everything you need or might need ready, just in case.
A word of caution: The valve body is suspended in the wall by three copper tubes. If you use excessive force to try to take the front dome shaped cover of the valve off, you can damage the 3 tubes and tear the valve body right out of the wall! This is going to be very expensive to fix - and you'll be without water in the house the entire time! In the video I'll show you how to remove the valve dome correctly - without damaging the valve body - and how to use a silicone paste to make sure it comes off easy next time too. If you scratch the dome in the process, don't worry, you can buy another one at the store.
Now you're ready to continue with the actual repair, which are shown in the video in the following steps:
- Shut off the water to the house & open a faucet to relieve pressure
- Remove the button in the middle of the handle (use a small knife if necessary)
- Remove the screw holding the handle on
- VERY CAREFULLY unscrew the dome. Use channel locks if necessary - avoid excessive force! If the dome does not unscrew easily see the video for techniques on how to unscrew it.
- Remove the plastic cover and rubber washer that was held in place by the dome
- Remove the valve ball
- Use the Delta valve tool or a Phillips screwdriver to remove the cup and spring set in the top two holes (the bottom center hole does not have one).
- Re-assemble in reverse order using a food grade silicone paste on the replacement cups and springs. The kit may come with several versions of cups and springs. Use the ones that match the ones you removed.
- Insert the ball, with the two holes on the top side
- Re-assemble the washer and plastic cap (a tab on the cap fits a groove in the valve body
- Apply silicone paste to the dome threads and then replace the dome
- Use a Delta valve spanner to tighten the collar inside the dome hole so that the valve operates smoothly, but doesn't fall to the OFF position on its own.
- Replace the handle. The screw hole is offset from the handl's center, so check for proper orientation.
- Turn the water back on (gently)
- Test valve operation
- Replace the handle button
|Time to complete||20 min|
|Materials||towels, Delta valve kit, silicone paste|
|Tools||pliers or channel locks, Phillips screwdriver, Delta cut tool, Delta valve spanner, flashlight|
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Introduction: How to Change the Cartridge of a Delta Monitor Shower Valve.
The purpose of this Instructable is to illustrate how to change the cartridge of a Delta Monitor shower valve. The cartridge is the internal working part of the shower valve, if the cartridge is bad, water will continually leak out the spout or you will notice a sudden loss of pressure. Expensive repair bills may be avoided when you make the repair yourself, also your water bill will decrease, both will save you money. This task can be performed with common household tools. If you do not own any of the following tools listed, they can be purchased at a local hardware store. The hardware store should also carry the replacement cartridge for the Monitor shower valve. To ensure the shower valve is in fact a Delta Monitor, look on the trim plate, there should be the words Delta on the bottom and Monitor on the top (see pictures). Although these instructions are written so anyone can complete this task, an avid do-it-yourselfer should be able to finish in about 15 minutes.
Step 1: Gather Material Needed
To easily execute this process the following tools are necessary:
• Allen Wrenches
• Tongue and Groove Pliers
• Needle Nose Pliers
• Faucet Grease
• New Cartridge
Step 2: Turn Off the Water and Drain the System.
Caution: Treat old valves with care.
1. Locate the main water shut off for the house or apartment. It will most likely be located in the basement of a house or duplex. There will be one of two types of valves ,a ball valve (see picture 1) or another style of valve shown in picture 2.
2. Close the ball valve off by gripping the handle and rotate it clockwise. Move the handle until it has moved a full 90° from the original position. For the other style of valve pictured, grip the round handle and turn it in a clockwise direction until is fully closed.
3. Check to see if the water is shut off by turning on a nearby faucet, the water should slow down and stop running after 30
Tip: If the water does not shut off completely, return to the main shut off, open it back up by turing it in a counter-clockwise direction and the shut it again, this time applying slightly more pressure. If the water still does not shut off, call a professional to replace the valve.
4. If the water stops completely, leave the faucet open. This will drain the water that is left in the pipes once the shower cartridge is removed.
Step 3: Remove Trim From the Valve
1. Locate the set screw on the handle. This will be in a recess somewhere on the handle. To disassemble the style in picture 1, the lever will need to be removed to access the screw.
2. Once the lever is removed the screw can be found (see picture 2). Try to evaluate what size allen wrench is going to be needed. Insert that wrench into the hole. To make sure the allen wrench is seated into the set screw, wiggle the wrench back and forth. If the wrench does not move at all you have selected the appropriate size wrench; if the wrench moves without resistance select a different size. Select the wrench that moves the least. For the other style of trim, the set screw can be found in the recess under the lever (see picture 4).
3. Loosen the set screw and remove the handle.
4. Next remove the chrome collar by gripping it and pulling straight back while twisting (see picture 5).
Step 4: Unscrew the Bonnet
Grip the bonnet with your hand and twist in a counter-clockwise direction, continue until the bonnet is completely removed.
Tip: To remove the bonnet of an older valve the channel locks may need to be used as shown in the picture.
(Caution: Be careful not to apply excessive force when using the wrench, this will deform the bonnet when using the tongue and grove pliers.)
Step 5: Remove the Old Cartridge.
âGrip the old cartridge and pull straight back towards you, while applying steady pressure slightly wiggle the cartridge up and down. (Shown in picture 1)
Tip:If the cartridge will not come out, the cartridge can be removed with tongue and grove pliers (shown in picture 2), or the needle nose pliers may also be used.
Step 6: Prepare and Install New Cartridge.
1. âPut a small dab of faucet grease on your finger and apply the grease to the o-rings of the new cartridge. This will help the cartridge to be installed and seat in the valve body (See picture 1).
2. Locate the H that signifies the hot side of the cartridge. When inserting the cartridge, be sure that on the H is on the hot side of the valve body, which, while facing the valve, is on the left hand side. (The H is grey and raised on the cartridge, in picture 2 it was made black for viewing purposes.)
3. Align the notches of the cartridge with the indents of the valve body (See picture 3).
4. Once aligned, apply steady pressure on the cartridge until there is no gap between the notches (See picture 3).
Step 7: Replace the Bonnet Turn the Water Back on and Check for Leaks.
1. Once the cartridge is installed, replace the bonnet. Tighten by hand only, even if it was necessary to loosen the bonnet with pliers, still tighten by hand (see picture 1).
2. Slowly open the main shut off valve about half way (see picture 2). Leave the faucet used to relieve the pressure open while the system is filling. Once all the air is purged and a steady stream is running out of the spout, shut all faucets off and let the system fill completely. Turn the main water shut off all the way on.
3. Inspect the shower valve and make sure there are no leaks (see picture 3). If there is a drip repeat steps 2-7, if the leak persists call a professional.
Step 8: Replace the Chrome Collar and Handle.
1. Next replace the chrome collar.
2. Finally replace the handle and tighten the set screw.
(Caution: Do Not Over Tighten the Set Screw.)
Once the shower valve is re-assembled and there are no drips you have successfully repaired your shower.
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How do you adjust a Delta shower valve?
Slide the shower handle off the stem to expose the “Rotational Limit Stop” anti-scald valve. Grab the center of the “Rotational Limit Stop” and pull it toward you. Turn the Delta anti-scald valve to the left to increase the maximum temperature of the water, or turn it to the right to decrease the water temperature.
Do shower valves have flow restrictors?
No, you don’t have to put up with that weak flow from your showerhead. Many shower heads are fitted with a flow restrictor in an attempt to save water and energy. Regulations stipulate that showerheads must produce no more than a flow of 2.5 gallons per minute (1).
Do Delta shower heads have flow restrictors?
Another type of showerhead that uses a flow restrictor is the Delta model. As expected, this feature conserves water (at 2.6 gallons per minute) and cuts your utility bills. Although federal law ensures that companies sell showerheads that have these items, restrictors will reduce the water pressure in your shower.
Should I remove shower head flow restrictor?
The water restrictor is intended to save people money on water and energy bills, but if you live in an area with low water pressure, the flow restrictor can reduce your shower to a thin drizzle of water. Removing the water restrictor will return your shower pressure to normal, but it may also increase your water bills.
What is the highest flow shower head?
Comparing The Best High Pressure Shower Heads
|NAME||FINISH||GALLONS PER MINUTE (GPM)|
|AquaDance Shower Head||Plastic (Chrome hose)||2.5|
|Delta Faucet 52652-PK Shower Head||Chrome||2.5|
|Hydroluxe Shower Head||Plastic||2.5|
|Speakman S-2252||7 Varieties||2.5|
What is a good max flow rate for a shower head?
What is considered high pressure shower head?
A high pressure shower head is designed to deliver higher water pressure with the same amount of water flow. This is achieved through either adjustable spray settings or a pressure chamber design. Adjustable spray settings simply condense your shower head spray for a smaller but stronger shower.
Does a bigger shower head use more water?
Because they’re so much bigger than the average showerhead, but still provide the same amount of water (which can vary by water-saving mandate depending on where you live), it’s just math: The same amount of water delivered across a bigger surface = less pressure.
How often should you replace your shower head?
every 6 to 8 months
How high should a rainfall shower head be?
What is the standard height for shower valve?
between 36 and 48 inches
Why is ceiling lower above shower?
Some say 7 feet is tall enough for a shower ceiling. It’s functional because it keeps the heat in allowing for a warmer shower. Look at this low ceiling. So as you can see, the shower ceiling in this bathroom was very close to the shower head, dropped down about a foot from the rest of the room.
How far can shower head be from Valve?
Distance Between Fittings In a tub with a head at 72 inches and a valve at 28 inches, the space between the fittings is 44 inches, or 3 feet 8 inches. The spacing between these elements can vary. For instance, if you install a valve at 48 inches but move the head to 76 inches, then 52 inches of space exists.
Where should shower head be placed?
The showerhead should be placed so it directs water toward the body, not the face or hair. A fixed showerhead, roughed in at 72 inches to 78 inches off the floor, is typical in many showers and tub/shower combinations.
Should shower head be centered?
Nothing says that it needs to be perfectly centered, but many people prefer it to be. Bottom line, it’s your house, your money. Being over towards the doorway a little makes it easier to turn it on and adjust before you enter the shower.
Are shower valves universal?
The Delta MultiChoice Universal Valve gives you the flexibility to upgrade the style and functionality of your shower without altering the plumbing behind the wall. By installing the universal shower valve first, you have the freedom to decide (or change your mind on) what type of shower you want later.
What is ADA height for shower valve?
Does the plaster guard get removed when installing a shower faucet?
The plaster guards should be removed once tile and drywall/substrate prep is done and prior to installing the trim. The plastic pieces do not stay in place.
What is Plasterguard?
The ‘plaster guard’ is just a piece of plastic that is attached to the valve to help set the depth inside the wall, dependent on the wall covering (drywall, cement board, tile, etc).
What is an ADA roll in shower?
ADA Roll in showers have a minimum inside dimension of 60” x 30” to accommodate someone rolling into the shower in a wheelchair or rolling shower chair. They have a flush or ultra low threshold so a rolling chair can easy be propelled or pushed into the shower. What makes a Roll in Shower ADA compliant?
How do I make my shower ADA compliant?
Examples of ADA shower standards include the following:
- Standard roll-in showers must be at least 30 in. wide by 60 in. deep, accessible from a front entry at least 60 in.
- Thresholds for roll-in showers must be no taller than ½ in.
- Grab bars must be installed horizontally no lower than 33 in. and no higher than 36 in.
What is a ADA shower?
Therefore, an ADA shower is one that is sufficiently handicap accessible. Such showers typically feature wide openings, low thresholds, grab bars, and built-in seating. They also feature both built-in seating and horizontal grab bars on the back wall and on the side wall opposite the seat.
How much does a roll-in shower cost?
Prices for shower walls and shower pan kits start around $1,200 (installation and other materials are extra). Roll-in shower kits that include grab bars and a shower bench start around $2,800 (installation and other materials are extra).
Are Delta And Moen Faucets Interchangeable
Are Delta shower fittings interchangeable?
The same mixer can only be used for a shower installation and a tub combination. With Delta fittings, it is not the fitting that determines the function, but the set of equipment. This does NOT apply to all manufacturers and Delta’s flexibility is a huge benefit.
Likewise, you may be wondering, are shower fittings interchangeable?
First of all, you CANNOT mix manufacturers on coarse topping and valves. In fact, there are many valves even within one manufacturer and the seals are not interchangeable. Shower sets are not always sold in bulk and raw. In hardware stores and home centers, they are almost always sold as a complete set.
And how do you recognize a Delta shower mixer?
Identify the main features of the faucet. As for the handles, the delta handles, the single handles and the double handles are equipped with shower taps. It is also useful to identify the type of finish, which can be chrome or brushed metal. The material the handle is made of means something to him and can be transparent plastic or metal.
People are also wondering if shower valve cartridges are universal?
The cartridges are not interchangeable between different taps. So if you decide you need a replacement, make sure you know the part number so you can order it from your plumbing supplier or online. This number is usually available on the manufacturer’s website in the online version of the faucet’s instruction manual.
Can you combine the parts of the shower?
Shower decorations It is possible to coordinate or combine all components, decorations and accessories, as well as taps and accessories in the same style and finish.
How much does a plumber cost to replace a shower faucet?
Since a professional plumber can install one in less than two hours, the replacement cost isn’t particularly high. In total, a DIYer can take 46 hours to replace a shower faucet, while a professional can install one in under 2 hours for around 375 to 575.
Can you replace the shower handle without touching the faucet?
The handle and lid of the bath / shower faucet can usually be replaced with a universal replacement set (available in most hardware and hardware stores. Sanitary) without reinstallation. Unscrew the nozzles (Photo 2) or remove them if there is an adjustment screw underneath.
Are they better Moen or Delta?
Both faucets have similar function and style. However, Moen fittings are relatively expensive compared to Delta fittings. People looking for affordable faucets prefer the Delta brand over Moen. If you want a spectacularly tall crane, you can turn to the Moen brand.
How do I know which shower model I have?
Look at the front of the spout when washing. The logo is also found on the lower edge of the spout where it meets the sink, in front or behind. For shower fittings, consider the round plate (divider) behind the handle, the handle itself, or perhaps the faucet itself behind the wall.
Can a shower faucet break?
Are all shower models the same?
There is absolutely NO difference between the Moen 1222 and 1222B replacement cartridges. These are both spare parts for the Moen Posi Temp shower faucet. They are made of the same parts, the only difference is the packaging and the model number.
Are all Moen shower taps the same?
For many years, Moen bath / shower fittings have been produced with one of the three fittings. These valves are Standard, PosiTemp and Moentrol. While the look is the same, the lid isn’t necessarily interchangeable. If the Moen valve works this way, the PosiTemp trim will adapt.
How do you replace a drain valve?
Reversing valve on a three valve shower
How do you close the shower valve?
How do I turn off the water if the shower head is broken?
Do I have to turn off the tap to change the shower?
How can I replace a shower faucet?
To replace a shower faucet, first unscrew the shower handle and trim panel so you can remove them. Then shut off the water and drill a hole in the small opening behind the decorative plate so you can access the valve. To remove the valve collar, remove the needle clamp and pull the valve out of the wall.
How often do you change the shower cartridge?
Unfortunately, responding to the frequency of shower filter cartridge replacement is not as simple as every six months or every 12 months. This is because the average usage of a shower filter is best defined as optimal usage.
How much does it cost to replace a faucet cartridge?
Expect to pay between 150 and 350 to install a bathtub faucet. Make sure the faucet stays aligned with the tub plumbing. Top brand for health and costs.
Why do shower cartridges fail?
There are several reasons the cartridge may be defective. The reason is an imbalance in water pressure between cold pressure and hot water. This constant imbalance between the two damages the cartridge housed in the valve.
How long do the shower fittings last?
Where can I find the model number of a Delta shower?
The power line is located under the sink, countertop, tub edge or behind a bidet. The model number or part number usually precedes the P / N. 1800345DELTA (3358) Customer service number and speak to a representative.
Are all Delta shower models the same?
Are Delta And Moen Faucets Interchangeable
Shower valve with delta faucet
How To Fix a Dripping Delta Shower Faucet
Although products like the Delta shower faucet are manufactured for quality and durability, that doesn’t mean they are not prone to problems. A leaking shower faucet is normal and oftentimes, the issue can be addressed without asking for assistance from a professional. But to determine whether the problem can be fixed by yourself alone or you need to call an expert, it’s best to know the reasons why shower faucets leak.
Dripping Shower Faucet: Probable Causes
Anything that is used on a regular basis is prone to experience certain problems, no matter how well they were manufactured. After all, fixtures need changing over time. Their longevity is determined by how well you actually maintain and care for them. That said, here’s a look at the common causes of a dripping shower faucet:
- The nuts might be loose. When you notice a leak around the nut area or at the base of the handle, there’s a good chance that a loose nut is the reason why your shower faucet is dripping.
- The washer is worn out.
- The washer is not installed properly.
- The washer is not the right size.
- The washer is of poor quality.
When issues such as those listed above happen, the problem is not that hard to fix. In fact, you can do it yourself.
Fixing a Dripping Shower Faucet
The great thing about the variety of choices when it comes to bathroom fixtures these days is you can pick one which you feel best suits your bathroom. But when a leak occurs, you need to find the screw that holds the handle. And this can be a tricky task given the different designs of shower faucets.
Here’s a guide:
- Turn off the main water shutoff valve so that water is cut off from the faucet. Open the faucet so water pressure is relieved.
- Find the screw connecting the handle to the faucet system. This is usually found behind the faucet lever or beneath it. If you can’t find one, it might be placed under a cap.
- Use a Phillips screwdriver or an Allen wrench to remove the screw. Remove the handle then take out the temperature-limiting disk if you find one.
- Use needle-nose pliers to remove the retaining pin holding the cartridge.
- Use pliers to grip the valve system then pull the cartridge out.
- Examine the cartridge closely to see if it’s full of mineral deposits. If so, soak this overnight in white vinegar so the mineral dissolves. The deposits prevent the cartridge from sealing out water which then results in leaks. But you will need to replace the cartridge if you find pitting or cracking.
- Use a utility knife to cut the old O-rings off the cartridge. Replace these with new ones and use plumber’s grease on the new washers so sliding them on wouldn’t be too hard.
- Use a flat-head screwdriver to remove the rubber gaskets from the valve seats inside the valve housing. Replace these with new ones.
- Push the new cartridge as far as it will go then replace the pin or screw on the collar. Reset the temperature limiter then replace the handle and cap.
- Try turning on the water to check for leaks.
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